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Name:Dr. Andrew Brenner 
Title of the project:The Mystery of Personal Identity
Duration:24 months (July 2021-June 2023)
Key Researcher:   Dr. Andrew Brenner
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor
Department of Religion and Philosophy
Name of the funding (scheme) & amount of the funding:

Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (ECS),

HKD 150,000

Introduction of the project:There are two main questions philosophers address when they discuss the metaphysics of personal identity: 1.under what conditions is a person at some time identical with someone at some other time? 2.what are we? (Are we, e.g., immaterial souls, physical bodies, brains, something else?) These questions have drawn the attention of philosophers for thousands of years. But, I plan to argue, there are major obstacles to our finding the correct answers to these questions. For there are three exhaustive possibilities, each of which is problematic: 1.we are simple (i.e., things without parts); 2.we are composite (i.e., things with parts); 3.”we” aren’t anything, because we do not exist. Our inability to choose among these three possibilities results in agnosticism with respect to personal ontology, and the metaphysics of personal identity more generally. The goal of the project is to produce a monograph on this subject, as well as at least one paper on related subjects.